Mowing up new propane gallons

January 30, 2016 - By

Propane mowers represent one avenue in outdoor power equipment that retailers can take to elevate sales in the coming years. read more

Combined Energy Services merges with New Jersey retailer

January 29, 2016 - By

Hopatcong Gas Services, a propane retailer based in Hopatcong, N.J., merged with Combined Energy Services, a regional supplier of propane and fuel oil. Hopatcong Gas supplies propane to several New Jersey cities, including Byram, Jefferson, Netcong, Roxbury, Stanhope and Mount Arlington. “We’ve known Combined Energy Services for a long time and knew they would take care of our customers properly,”... read more

Propane retailers weather fluke onslaughts of snow from Winter Storm Jonas

January 29, 2016 - By

With more than 80 million people in its path last weekend, from the Gulf Coast to New England, Winter Storm Jonas was fortunately a fast-moving front. Another plus was that Jonas came through on a weekend, allowing the populace to shelter in place – presumably burning increased propane loads as numerous areas that seldom see much snowfall experienced record-setting amounts.... read more

Tank monitors reduce company’s deliveries

January 29, 2016 - By

Retailers can sometimes predict how much propane an appliance will burn based on that appliance’s average consumption rate. Propane pool heaters are a little less predictable, though. South Florida Gas, a retailer based in Fort Myers, Fla., knows this concept well. “You can predict usage levels with water heaters, but not as much with pool heaters or these appliances,” says... read more

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Purchase tickets for the 2016 LP Gas Hall of Fame

January 28, 2016 - By

Tickets are on sale for the 2016 LP Gas Hall of Fame induction ceremony, taking place April 7 at the Omni Nashville Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. The annual black-tie event gathers propane industry members for a large-scale celebration of its past and present leaders. Watch a video of the event to see what’s in store and purchase your tickets here. read more

Device stabilizes propane tanks, prevents surface damage

January 28, 2016 - By

EZGO is a stabilization device designed for standard 20-, 30- or 40-pound propane tanks. Measuring 15 inches in length and width, EZGO remains stable while keeping the product sleek, non-bulky and easy to transport, the company reports. The device features eight supports around the center circle and four “feet” on each corner to maximize safety and stability. It props the... read more

In the Know: Digital marketing for propane retailers

January 27, 2016 - By

In the Know is a monthly partnership between LP Gas magazine and Propane Resources. Our focus this month is on digital technology, addressed by marketing and communications specialist Tammy Day. Q: How much effort should propane retailers put into promoting their businesses online, using websites, social media and other digital tools? What advice would you give retailers interested in this type of promotion? A:... read more

ThompsonGas acquires assets of Missouri propane retailer

January 26, 2016 - By

ThompsonGas acquired the assets of Beckett Gas Co., based in Cameron, Mo. According to ThompsonGas, the acquisition expands its footprint further into Missouri. Beckett Gas offers propane for residential, commercial and agricultural uses, its website states. The company also offers cylinder-filling and HVAC services. “We’ve acquired several propane providers over the last decade and will continue to do so,” says... read more

Finding motivation in propane price opportunities

January 25, 2016 - By and

Throughout the years, Cost Management Solutions has seen a number of patterns develop. Many of these patterns, such as seasonal pricing patterns, are fairly well known by propane retailers. We are all aware of the seasonal patterns of propane inventory builds and draws. However, there is one pattern you may not be aware of because it is generally only apparent... read more

Refocusing on safety and profitability in 2016

January 25, 2016 - By

As we wander into this new year of global warming concerns, international unrest and the presidential election circus, it’s important that we stay focused on values and what’s important in life. Our safety and profitability depend on it. Worry leads the list of emotions for most of us. It is a destructive emotion that dulls our senses, throws up distractions... read more